Should Race Matter?: Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 14, 2011 - Philosophy
In this book, philosopher David Boonin attempts to answer the moral questions raised by five important and widely contested racial practices: slave reparations, affirmative action, hate speech restrictions, hate crime laws and racial profiling. Arguing from premises that virtually everyone on both sides of the debates over these issues already accepts, Boonin arrives at an unusual and unorthodox set of conclusions, one that is neither liberal nor conservative, color conscious nor color blind. Defended with the rigor that has characterized his previous work but written in a more widely accessible style, this provocative and important new book is sure to spark controversy and should be of interest to philosophers, legal theorists and anyone interested in trying to resolve the debate over these important and divisive issues.
 

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Contents

1 Thinking in Black and White
1
2 Repairing the Slave Reparations Debate
24
3 Advancing the Slave Reparations Debate
77
4 One Cheer for Affirmative Action
135
5 Two Cheers for Affirmative Action
175
6 Why I Used to Hate Hate Speech Restrictions
203
7 Why I Still Hate Hate Speech Restrictions
230
8 How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Hate Crime Laws
250
9 How to Keep on Loving Hate Crime Laws
274
10 Is Racial Profiling Irrational?
300
11 Is Racial Profiling Immoral?
327
Notes
351
Sources
387
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David Boonin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue (1994) and the prize-winning books A Defense of Abortion (2002) and The Problem of Punishment (2009), all of which were published by Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of a number of articles on issues in applied ethics and the co-editor of the popular applied ethics textbook What's Wrong? (2009).

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